Amaravati: Veteran Telugu stage and film actor Jayaprakash Reddy died of heart attack at his residence in Guntur on Tuesday. He was 74 and survived by wife and a son, family sources said. He collapsed inside the bathroom on Tuesday morning and breathed his last.

Jayaprakash Reddy, popularly known as JP, began his career as a school teacher. His passion for acting drove him towards the stage and he played varied roles in countless dramas. He then attracted the attention of Telugu film industry and a variety of roles came his way.

Be it a hardcore villain or a comedian, JP fit into the roles with effortless ease and enthralled the audience. As a villain, he earned a unique identity speaking the Rayalaseema accent of Telugu, a novelty that became his USP and elevated the typical 'Seema' factionist.

JP acted in more than 100 films along side the top heroes of Telugu films like Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Pawan Kalyan and Mahesh Babu. He also acted in a few movies in Kannada and Tamil.

His last film was 'Sarileru Neekevvaru' in Telugu, produced by Anil Sunkara.

Though busy as a movie actor, JP never quit the theatre and actively continued playing roles in stage dramas. He performed a monologue as Alexander and won wide appreciation.

He also started the JP's Monthly Drama Sabha In Guntur city and encouraged theatre.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu, film personalities and others expressed grief over JP's demise.

"Jayaprakash created a special place for himself in the film land through his inimitable dialogue delivery and mannerisms," the Chief Minister said in a statement. Chandrababu Naidu said JP's death was a deep loss to the Telugu film industry.

"Telugu theatre has lost a father-figure," he added. They extended sympathies to the bereaved family.

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Kalaburagi: 26 teachers from Government Primary Schools and 11 teachers from Government High Schools from Yadgiri and Kalaburagi districts were felicitated during the Best Teachers Award Ceremony held at Vintage Palace Function Hall, Kalaburagi on November 16.

The awardee teachers were shortlisted after screening under three criteria – Commitment and Dedication to the profession, Should not be recognized elsewhere with awards and preference was given to teachers working in remote rural areas –

“Purpose of this award program to recognize and felicitate teachers who are doing significant work in Government schools which ultimately helps to improve the outcome of Govt. schools and helps inspire other teachers to do still better” an official statement stated.

Best Teacher Awardees felicitated on event day are

Kalaburagi (North) - Nusrat Parveen, Moinoddin, Raisa Sultana, Ahmadi Begum, Ameena Sultana, Jameel Fatima, Somangouda Vitlapur

Kalaburgi (South) - Fouziya Begum, Saiqua Hassan

Chittapur: Yaqub Ali, Shahana Anjum, Shaikh Saira Banu, Zaibunissa Begum

Sedam: Md Abdul Faheem, Nayeem Sultana, Sujata Hiremat, Asha Taskeen

Chincholi: Umar Huddar, Rizwana Begum, Mubeen Fatima

Jewargi - Md Yousuf, Sarfaraz, Rudrappa Gouda

Afzalpur- Asma Shalam, Shabana Begum, Mohammed Asif Attar

Aland- Seema Rubee, Merajunnisa Begum

YADGIR District: D Subiya, Venkatesh Nayak, Khudeja Begum, Mukhtar Ahmed J Mulla, Zareena, Kasim T

SPIRIT OF EDUCATION AWARD given to three teachers (out of 37 teachers) - Sameena Farzana, Zohra Khanum, Masoom Khan for their outstanding contribution to education beyond schools and school timings.

There were five academic achievers (Dr. Saba Sultana, Zeenat Begum, Nazneen, Md Shujath Hussain, Md Shakir Ahmed) were felicitated and one for Social cause (Jb Jainuddin Shirnifarosh) also felicitated for outstanding social services.

Smt. Surekha Jagannath Dengi, Govt High School Bandarwad, Tq Afzalpur, Dist. Kalaburgi

The program presided by PM Qutubuddin, other guests/speakers invited were Kashif Raza, Dr. Abdul Qadeer (Shaheen Bidar), Mazhar Hussain(Sr Lecturer), Surekha Dengi (National Awardee Teacher 2020), and Mohammed Ali  & Mohammed Faiyazuddin (Vintage Palace Function Hall).

The program was a joint initiative of Ummeed Welfare Association, GURMITKAL Yadgir Dist. and Helping Hands Foundation, GURMITKAL Yadgir Dist.